Barcelona confirmed on Friday March 4 that they have reached an agreement with Racing Santander on a deal that will see 18-year-old midfielder Pablo Torre join the club.
Torre has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days and will spend the rest of the season with Racing before heading to Camp Nou in time for the 2021-22 campaign.
Barcelona have confirmed the deal via the club’s official website.
“FC Barcelona and Racing de Santander have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Pablo Torre. The agreement amounts to 5 million fixed euros more variable depending on the evolution of the footballer in the coming years, could exceed 20 million. Pablo Torre, who will end the season at his current club, will sign a contract until June 30, 2026, with a termination clause of 100 million euros, and will join Barça B next summer.
The Catalans have confirmed that Torre will initially join Barcelona B but he is expected to push for a first-team spot next season, according to Marca. Barca ‘will consider the 18-year-old prodigy as part of the first team and give him as much playing time as possible, whether with the senior team or the reserves’.
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Barca win the race for Torre
Barcelona weren’t the only club to like Torre, who impressed for Racing Santander despite his young age. Real Madrid were one of ‘several top teams’ interested in the teenager, as ESPN report.
The youngster will now travel to Camp Nou where he hopes to follow the likes of midfielders Nico Gonzalez and Gavi to move from Barcelona B to the first team.
Nico has already been promoted from the reserves this season after impressing in the senior team. The midfielder also received the No.14 shirt which belonged to Philippe Coutinho.
Gavi should follow in his teammate’s footsteps shortly. The 17-year-old is already a Camp Nou regular and is set to sign a new long-term contract with the club in March.
Torre will join the Barcelona squad for the pre-season
Fans should be able to get their first glimpse of Torre in a Barcelona shirt during pre-season ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. The midfielder will join the senior squad for their pre-season preparations, as reported by the reporter Santi Ovalle.
The Catalans are set to return to the United States for their pre-season tour where they will play three or four friendlies, according to Javi Miguel of Diario AS.
Xavi’s side are expected to tour the west coast and could find themselves up against the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan. However, the tour may depend on Barcelona’s participation in the Europa League.
If the Catalans end up winning the tournament, they will have to take part in the European Super Cup, against the Champions League winners, which is scheduled for August 10 in Helsinki, Finland.
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